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October 3-5, 2003

CRN: "Identifications" Workshop
Luce Hall
Yale University

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This is the concluding meeting for an extended research collaboration by a network of social scientists and historians. This Collaborative Research Network (CRN) has been sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies with funds from the Ford Foundation. The theme of research is "Official and Vernacular Identifications in the Making of the Modern World," a theme pursued by means of interrelated but autonomous research projects in Russia, France and the French-Atlantic World, Southeast Asia (Thailand and Yunnan, China), and Western China (Xinjiang).

The goal of this workshop is to discuss draft papers being prepared for the CRN's concluding publication, which is intended to appear as an E-book. Present at the workshop will also be organizers for the recently-launched ACLS Social Science Translation Project, who are considering using some of the texts produced by the CRN as a basis for examination of translation problems — linguistic, conceptual, and cross-cultural — arising in the increasingly globalized practice of social science.

Program of sessions

Friday, October 3

12:30-2:00 Introduction (Peter Sahlins and James Scott)
2:00-2:15 Coffee break
2:15-3:30 Panel: Power Plays and Citizenship: France and the French Caribbean vis-a-vis China and the Akha/Hani Community of Mengsong (Fred Constant and Janet Sturgeon)
    (Comment: Jose Antonio Cheibub, Paul Gilroy)
    (Chair: Andrzej Tymowski)
3:30-3:45 Coffee break
3:45-5:00 Panel: Millenarian Movements as Cultural Resistance: The Karen and Martinican cases (Kwanchewan Buadaeng and William Miles)
    (Arjun Appadurai, Paul Freedman)
    (Chair: James Scott)
5:00-5:30 Introduction to Translation Project (Michael Heim and A. Tymowski)

Saturday, October 4
9:30-10:15 Panel: Muslim Minority Identifications in post 9/11 China and Russia (Dru Gladney [not attending] and Eduard Ponarin and Liliya Sagitova and Wang, Jianmin)
    (Pauline Jones-Luong, Abbas Amanat)
    (Chair: Andrzej Tymowski)
10:15-10:45 Coffee break
10:15-10:45 Panel: Indentifications and the Use of Resources in French Guyana and Southeast Asia (Justin Daniel and Chusak Wittayapak)
    (Helen Siu, Pam McElwee)
    (Chair: James Scott)
12 noon-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:45 Panel: Space, Place, Race (Liudmila Gatagova, Michel Giraud, Tyler Stovall)
    (Ben Kiernan, Patricia Pessar)
    (Chair: Peter Sahlins)
2:45-3:00 Coffee break
3:00-4:15 Panel: Woman and the Margins (Pinkaew Laungaramsri and Wang, Jieru)
    (Carol Carpenter, Rachel Seher)
    (Chair: James Scott)
4:30-4:45 Coffee break
4:45-5:30 Panel: Identifications and the Use and Abuse of History (David Bell and Tatyana Filippova)
    (Anna Grzymala-Busse, Willam Kelly)
    (Chair: Peter Sahlins)

Sunday, October 5
10:00-12:00 Concluding session: Editorial meeting for the E-book
12:00-1:30 Lunch (excursion begins for those who wish it)
1:30-3:30 Planning meeting for the Translation Project (Anyone interested is invited to sit in.

As we enter the Collaborative Research Network's third year of activity, roughly congruent with calendar 2003, we undertake a synthetic and synoptic reflection on the basic research conducted by area-based teams during the previous two years. At the most recent network meeting (in New York, February 7-8), "writing groups" were formed, each of which is composed of researchers from several area-teams (see below for the list of groups, their topics, and membership). The goal is to produce a series of integrative essays, summing up what we have learned about identifications and drawing implications for future work on this subject in Russia, Southeast Asia, and France/the French Atlantic world.

Writing Groups

Muslim minority identifications in post-9/11 China and Russia
Dru Gladney, Eduard Ponarin, Liliya Sagitova, Yang Shengmin, Wang Jianmin

Religious cults as cultural resistance: the Karen and Martinican cases
Kwanchewan Buadaeng, William Miles

Power plays, multiple identifications, and citizenship
Fred Constant, Janet Sturgeon

Place, Space, Race
Liudmila Gatagova, Michel Giraud, Tyler Stovall

Identifications, and the use and abuse of history in France and Russia
David Bell, Tatiana Filippova

Identifications as the use of resources in French Guyana and Southeast Asia
Justin Daniel, Chusak Wittayapak

Woman and the Margins
Pinkaew Laungaramsri, Wang Jieru

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